Lost Weekend: Mets Swept by Marlins
If you’re a Mets fan, first of all, I’m sorry, but secondly, you could see this coming. Just a few precious days removed from a season highlight four-game sweep of the New York Yankees and a five-game winning streak, the Mets jetted down to Miami and promptly got their butts kicked by the worst team in baseball. As the expression goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Friday night’s lackluster 5-1 loss could have been easily explained away as a typical letdown game off of the unexpected success in the Yankees series. Shaun Marcum held the Marlins scoreless through six but the floodgates opened in the 7th as the Marlins pushed four runs across. The win snapped a 9-game losing streak for baseball’s worst team while halting the Metropolitans’ streak. Not great, but nothing to panic about. Saturday was a different story, however. Heralded Miami rookie hurler Jose Fernandez threw seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball while striking out eight en route to an 8-1 laugher. The loss took with it about all of the goodwill and optimism Mets fans carried out of the Bombers series. This was getting truly ugly. But wait, at least they had ace Matt Harvey on the hill for the final game of the series. Certainly he would stop the bleeding.
Well, as well all know by now, yesterday’s game was the final gut punch as the Marlins’ heretofore putrid lineup looked like Murderers’ Row against Harvey as well as the Mets’ pen. Harvey gave up 10 hits and four runs in just five innings of work. The only good news for him was this time a no-decision was to his advantage, even though he left the game with a 6-4 lead. The way Miami’s hitters were locked in (they finished with 16 hits) it didn’t seem to matter who was pitching as they completed the sweep with an 11-6 win. You can almost forgive Harvey, who is sure to have some ups and downs this year, but the team as a whole should be utterly embarrassed.
This weekend was summed up nicely in a text message I received from a friend shortly after yesterdays’ loss. It went, “Great how the Mets just got swept by the worst team in baseball. How Mets of them.” Sad, but true. After a night off the Mets start a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday. It’s anyone’s guess if they can pull themselves out of this latest funk.